I was told one time that girls don’t play sports.
So I stood outside of grocery stores at 14 and sold pizza cards until I had the 3,000 dollars to play volleyball.
I was scoffed at one time when I said I wanted to study abroad.
“Good luck with that,” someone said.
So I stood outside of grocery stores again and sold banana bread until I had the 10,000 dollars to go.
I was told one time that I’m worthless.
So I kept running through life trying to find my worth.
I was told one time to grow up.
So I did just that at 16.
I was told one time that I’m a brainwashed punk.
So I kept reading.
I was told one time that I’m not worth investing in.
So the day I turned 24, I took out my own student loan.
I was told one time that I’m a disgrace.
So I wore it like a badge of honor.
I was told one time that I’m selfish.
So I read, The Very Hungry Caterpillar to my kids at the clinic, and learned how to play.
I was told one time that none of what I was once told was true.
I was told today, “I love you, Ms. Rebecca,” and I told the little girl that I loved her too.
I was told tonight that I’m worth it, and I smiled back at the mirror and said, “You’re right. I am.”